Russian Tatarstan may lose its president despite MPs rejecting bill

Tatarstan lawmakers have rejected a resolution introduced by the lower house of the Russian parliament to abolish the title of president held by the head of the Russian autonomous republic.

Tatarstan’s State Council voted against the resolution on Monday. The decision was greeted with respect by the Kremlin.

“Of course, we respect the opinions of every federal subject of Russia. However, this is one of the considerations to be taken into account as work continues on the bill,” the Kremlin spokesman said. , Dmitry Peskov.

Last month, deputies of the lower house of the Russian parliament prepared a draft law at the federal level on the use of the title for heads of federal subjects. According to the bill, it is intended that the head of each federal subject be called the president.

“The law can be adopted without the approval of the State Council of Tatarstan. It corresponds to the constitution of the Russian Federation and the regulations of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russia,” said Yevgeny Sultanov , President of Constitutional and Administrative Law. department of Kazan Federal University, told Russian news agency TASS.

“If the legislative (representative) and higher executive bodies of state power of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, more than a third of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation oppose the adoption of the relevant federal law , a conciliation commission is created by the decision of the State Duma,” Sultanov said, referring to the Federal Law “On the General Principles of Organizations of Legislative and Executive Bodies of State Power of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation”.

He noted that the response to the federal bill is considered negative if the legislative bodies and the highest executive bodies of the subject’s state power oppose it. If the positions are shared, it is considered that the opinion is not expressed.

According to Sultanov, Tatarstan, even after refusing to support the bill, will not be able to retain presidential status if the law is passed by the State Duma. “It goes against federal law,” Sultanov said.

On September 27, a draft law on regional power was submitted to the State Duma, prepared in accordance with the updated provisions of the constitution of the Russian Federation. The authors of the bill are Pavel Krasheninnikov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on State Building and Legislation, and Andrei Klishas, ​​Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and state building.

Tatarstan remains the only region of the country whose leader is called president.

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